News

News and background information on issues of interest to people in southeastern Arizona and Arizona Senate LD14.  Many of the links here are to major news organizations, some may be behind paywalls.

What is a Concurrent Resolution?

A concurrent resolution is a method to allow the state legislature to propose a change to the Arizona Constitution through a ballot referendum voted on by voters.  These resolutions have several features that make them very attractive to the Republican majority party that controls both the Arizona Senate and House.  Also known as consent resolutions, […]

Budget Transparency for Towns

A bill to that attempts to increase government transparency at the local level, it will require “town councils” to publish at regular intervals as well as prior to an biennial election what can be considered a financial statement.  That is a record of all monies received and their sources as well as expenditures and to […]

Another Power Grab by Arizona State Legislature

As reported by “AZ Mirror” on 2/10/2020 “Senate Bill 1222 and House Bill 2686 would prohibit municipalities and counties from denying a utility a permit, even for safety or public health reasons. The legislation is written so broadly that it would outlaw a locality’s ability to adopt or amend ordinances or implement other measures that would allow […]

Another Reason to Flip the AZ Senate

The Arizona state senate is at it again.  This time moving to preempt local government on a climate change issue – building codes prohibiting new structures from having natural gas hookups.  Now I don’t think I’m ready to go to that extreme yet.  A few cities in California, Massachusetts and Washington state are considering restrictions.  […]

Running as a Clean Elections Candidate

Short answer:  I need the money!  In the general election I am up against an entrenched career Republican politician who easily raises money from special interest groups through PACs and individual contributions. Clean elections allows public financing of my campaign and levels the playing field to some extend.  The amount that I will get for […]

AZ State Legislature Target of Flip Everything DLCC Campaign

The national Democratic Party has finally acknowledged that it is “possible” to get a majority in one or both houses of the Arizona state legislature.  It looks like they are willing to put some money behind the effort.  This is good news.  There are other groups also interested in working for electoral changes in Arizona.  […]

Possible Good News On Groundwater

The Arizona Republic reports that at least four bills are filed, or planned to be filed in current session of the Arizona state legislature that will attempt to deal with widespread problems with groundwater over pumping in rural areas of the state.  This has potentially a major impact for the three rural counties of LD14 […]

Yuma Yes – Douglas No?

Douglas Arizona port of entry needs to be expanded to handle increased cross-border commerce.  This takes federal dollars.  For years local, state and our federal officials have said it was a priority.  Nothing much is done.  Now a 2020 appropriations bill has included about 152 million dollars for expansion of – the Yuma port of […]

Two Different Propositions

Two proposals that may make it on to the Arizona November 2020 ballot attempt to solve different issues facing Arizona state government.  The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act addresses sentencing reform in the criminal justice system.  Representative Warren Petersen, R- Gilbert is sponsoring House Concurrent Resolution 2008 which would amend the Arizona Constitution to prohibit […]

Money for Rural Arizona Roads? – Not so much

There is a lot to be appalled by in this article.  The huge amount of dollars spent to build this highway.  How funding was provided by a mix of federal, state, and county monies, yet there is no money for small projects in rural southeastern Arizona.  But what really got me was a comment from […]